Monthly Archives: April 2015

Feed the Birds While They Fly

This post is so long overdue – I’ve been planning it since last Chol Hamoed!

If you haven’t been to the New York Aquarium recently, it’s worth a trip.  There was much damage from hurricane Sandy, so many exhibits are closed, but the sea lion show is so fantastic that it makes the trip worthwhile.  In fact, when we were there on Succos, we watched the show twice.

Of course, no trip to Coney Island is complete without a stroll along the boardwalk, and a detour to the beach.  One of the boys threw a crumb to a sea gull, and soon there were hordes of the white birds hovering around, clamoring for more.

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Diggerland USA

I had seen the ads for Diggerland several times.  The originality of the tractor theme appealed to me, but there were too many reasons not to go: I prefer to take my children to somewhere that is at least marginally educational, even if the extent of the education is to see a new corner of Hashem’s universe,  Diggerland is relatively expensive, and besides, it’s far.

So why did we finally go? Maybe it was the fact that our Pesach guests brought four more boys under age ten into the house – I knew we had to go somewhere that would be boy-heaven!  The fact that they had come from Israel also helped me look away from the high cost, as our guests wanted to experience America as fully as possible.

So, what’s the dig on Diggerland?  It was absolutely fantabulous!  Everyone had a grand time, from age 4 to 44!

What did we like?

1. You can see almost the whole place from just about anywhere.

During the first few minutes, I tried hard to keep everyone at my side, so I could keep track of where everyone was.  But after a while, I realized that due to brilliant planning, it really wasn’t necessary.  You can see almost the whole park from any spot, and it’s pretty easy to find your kids when you need them.  The rides in the center are adjacent to each other, take up less space and cutting down on the places where a person can get lost.  Also, all the rides in the middle are low to the ground, so nothing blocks your view.  The  taller rides are around the perimeter of the park.  There is just one ride that is entirely on the other side…not too bad for a theme park.

Of course, you can always ride the Sky Shuttle up into the sky for the best view!

2. There’s so much to do!  Tractors, tractors everywhere!

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